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Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

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Whip up a quick batch of delicious vanilla ice cream in your Blendtec with these five ingredients.

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Total time:  01 M 
Servings:  5
Calories:  140


  • 1/4 cup half and half (half milk/half cream)
  • 3 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups whole milk cubes (about 1 tray of frozen milk)

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Protein: 5g


  1. Add ingredients to FourSide or WildSide+ jar in order listed and secure lid. Select "Ice Cream" cycle.
  2. If more blending is required, press pulse several times until desired texture is achieved.

Note: If your Blendtec doesn’t feature an Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt button, blend on a Low speed for 15 seconds, then blend on a Medium High speed for 30 seconds.

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  • i saw a video on u-tube, he used a qt.of cream [ ice-cream ?]and a cup of milk.,3 bananas and tb of vanilla, qt.of sugar, blend on ice cream button.and put in freezer.in a plastic container. I DIDN’T Use the whole 63 sec.stoped at 45 sec getting kind of foamy. we will see in a few hrs.

    George Paulisin on

  • I have followed the recipe, and even the used frozen cubes of half and half. The result was a nice ready-ro-eat ice cream, but it turned hard like a rock after night in the freezer. Is there a better way to store the ice cream?

    Nik on

  • I just bought my blendtec this morning and this is the first recipe I tried with it. Wow! So impressed that my BLENDER can do this! Creamy, flavorful and easy to adapt. This has become an instant family favorite! The only thing I did differently was add a few chocolate chips toward the end of the blend.

    Ashley Sutton on

  • We’re so happy you love it as much as we do! :)

    Blendtec on

  • This recipe came just in time. I had been trying to make just plain vanilla ice cream but it never worked because I wasn’t using anything frozen. It always came out like a milk shake, delicious, just not ice cream. Your solution was so obvious once I read the e-mail updates! Came out delicious! I did it again and added some frozen dark sweet cherries and it makes to most delicious cherry vanilla ice cream.

    Jean McClean on

  • Do you need to freeze all the ingredients cause I froze the milk but it didn’t harden up

    Zann on

  • Could you use coconut milk in place of whole milk?

    Arnie on

  • Yes, you can.

    Blendtec on

  • How did you get it to work, mine was runny

    Zann on

  • Just the milk should be frozen. It will be more of a soft-serve consistency when done. If you want it harder, you can place it in the freezer for a couple of hours. You might also want to try adding more frozen milk if it’s too runny.

    Blendtec on

  • You can add the ice cream and a little milk to the Blendtec and blend it again until smooth. This may require stopping and scraping the jar, but it will be a lot faster than several hours. :)

    Blendtec on

  • I made this. It is delicious. The only problem I have is we are only two my husband and I so we don’t finish it. I put it in the freezer and 2 days later it is as hard as a rock. I take it out and let it thaw. It is still good but if we want it right away we have to wait a couple hours. Solution please……

    Linda on

  • You can try coconut milk or coconut cream, but it won’t be as sweet.

    Blendtec on

  • Is there any way to make this without the sweetened condensed milk? Trying to stay away from processed sugars, so I would rather sweeten it with honey if possible.

    Nicholas on

  • Yes, you can.

    Blendtec on

  • Can you substitute almond milk cubes for the whole milk?

    Rob on

  • I’ve tried this 2 times now and both times it has come out as more of a milkshake than ice cream.

    John on

  • I used maple syrup in place of the sweetened condensed milk and it was delicious. I used honey in my pear version of this ice cream and it worked well also. I think maple syrup is a better match for vanilla.

    Kristen on

  • It will come out more like soft serve than the ice cream you’d buy at a store. You can try blending it less, adding more milk cubes or putting it in the freezer for a bit for it to harden up.

    Blendtec on

  • I tried this recipe last night and am sorry to say that my Blendtec would not permit me to choose the ‘ice cream’ button. My only option was ‘smoothie’ and we ended up with vanilla milkshakes – so sad

    Elaine Spizarny on

  • Thanks for sharing how it turned out! We love getting feedback – especially when you try different things and make it your own. :)

    Blendtec on

  • I just made this with Maple Syrup instead of condensed milk since I don’t have condensed milk, turned out like perfect soft serve, only a little runny but i put it in the freezer for 20 minutes just to make it perfect.

    Caleb Hiebert on

  • I just made this and it came out as runny as regular milk. I don’t know what I did wrong, I followed the receipe exactly. I read the reviews and it said to add more ice milk cubes but the consistency is the same.

    Laura on

  • i watched the demo guy make ice cream with this machine. He use stevia for sweetener, half & half, whe powder, strawberries and ice cubes.

    Barb long on

  • You can add more frozen milk cubes and/or put it in the freezer for a while until it hardens a bit.

    Blendtec on

  • mine was runny. what I can do? :(

    Yudith Amaran on

  • This recipe is super good!!!!!! we changed it up a little bit and still tasted great! in just seconds delicious ice cream was made! we’re never buying ice cream again!

    Juliana Marsherall on

  • Thank you!!!

    Yudith Amaran on

  • I LOVE this recipe!! It tastes like the Dairy Queen soft serve. It’s so smooth! This will definitely be my go to recipe for vanilla ice cream! I’ve made it 3 times already.

    Marilyn Davis on

  • I am so confused. I have followed the recipe to a T and I get nothing like ice cream. It is definitely a milk consistency. I have also tried the recipe used by the woman at Costco (with protein powder, etc.) and it comes out like milk. I see where you recommend freezing it, but when it was demonstrated, the woman didn’t have to freeze it at all. Is my unit defective? This is very disappointing. It seems like the only solution that’s been given is to freeze it or add more ice, when in actuality it seems like the unit is not working as demonstrated.

    Allithomp on

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